Sterilizing or neuter pets

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Q: A website visitor wants to know whether sterilizing or neuter pets (especially dogs & cats) is permissible. Also the permissibility of electronic chip implant for registration purposes.

In addition to the questions earlier, the person also wants to know if is permissible for her to euthanise a sick cat because of illness or unable to afford the vet’s bill.



  1. It will be permissible.
  2. There is a hadeeth that speaks of marking / staining an animal for identification purposes. 
  3. The fuqahaa have allowed the killing of an animal that becomes a nuisance, troublesome etc.

وفي القنية يجوز ذبح الهرة والكلب لنفع ما ( والأولى ذبح الكلب إذا أخذته حرارة الموت وبه يطهر لحم غير نجس العين ) كخنزير فلا يطهر أصلا

قال الشامي في رد المحتار: قوله ( لنفع ما ) أي ولو قليلا والهرة لو مؤذية لا تضرب ولا تفرك أذنها بل تذبح

قوله ( والأولى الخ ) لما فيه من تخفيف الألم عنه (رد المحتار 6/474)

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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